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Dennis Prager: Astrodome inadequate. Take the Katrina victims into your home
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Posted on 09/02/2005 11:18:26 AM PDT by EveningStar

Dennis Prager has just suggested that folks open up their homes to Katrina victims. Invite them to stay there for a month. The Astromdome is not the place to house people. The state is not the proper entity to take care of these victims. The citizens should do it. Dennis himself is going to open up his home to a family.

Dennis is a great person.


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KEYWORDS: afteryoudennis; dennisprager; katrina; prager; yeahsure
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1 posted on 09/02/2005 11:18:28 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

2 excellent Christian relief organizations:

Southern Baptist's NAMB: http://www.namb.net/

Samaritan's Purse: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/


2 posted on 09/02/2005 11:19:18 AM PDT by cfo (God Bless America!)
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To: EveningStar

FEMA is nuts..its still hurricane season..what will happen if a hurricane hits that area? move them away from the coast


3 posted on 09/02/2005 11:20:38 AM PDT by janetjanet998
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To: EveningStar
The question is: are you opening your home to a young mother and her two kids, or are you opening your home to an adult male drug addict who committed rape before he left the Superdome?

I would not take in just any random evacuee because my first responsibility is to my wife and children. I would not be able to take in a suspicious person and leave for work in the morning in good conscience.

4 posted on 09/02/2005 11:21:04 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander in Chief)
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To: cfo

There is a grassroots movement here in San Antonio( and surrounding area) to house some of the people coming into San Antonio. Some are worried about who these people are( are they the mutts shooting the relief workers etc) but most everyone else is seriously discussing it. Let's hope half of the ones who claim to be willing to help actually will


5 posted on 09/02/2005 11:22:56 AM PDT by shadeaud (Liberals suffer from acute interior cornial craniorectoitis)
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To: EveningStar

This will probably happen over time. As relief workers get to know who they are dealing with. They can figure out who can be trusted and place them.


6 posted on 09/02/2005 11:23:14 AM PDT by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: wideawake

Without the hurricane the good citizens of NO committed 7X more murder than any other city in the U.S. I don't think I'd take them in for coffee much less for a month.


7 posted on 09/02/2005 11:23:28 AM PDT by Naspino (Not creative enough to have a tagline.)
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To: EveningStar
Prager should have suggested utilizing closed military bases..they've got secure perimeters, barracks, messhalls, infirmaries.

And the residents could get some sort of Workfare maintaining the places.

8 posted on 09/02/2005 11:24:25 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Cindy, ya shoulda stuck with "offshore drilling" as your cause)
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To: All
Dennis says to send him an email volunteering your home. Do not call his show. Contact Dennis
9 posted on 09/02/2005 11:24:30 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: ErnBatavia

That can be done too and it probably will be.


10 posted on 09/02/2005 11:25:53 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

I am sorry but I've seen with my own eyes what these people will do. They are not my neighbors. And will not be.


11 posted on 09/02/2005 11:25:54 AM PDT by AbeKrieger (Islam is the virus that causes al-Qaeda.)
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To: EveningStar
www.katrinahousing.org

Spread the word!!

12 posted on 09/02/2005 11:26:02 AM PDT by Pete
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To: EveningStar
Yeah ... right.

Methinks good old Dennis needs to give his address out to the internet so everyone will know where to bed down.



13 posted on 09/02/2005 11:27:08 AM PDT by G.Mason
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To: EveningStar
People opening their homes: Craig's List
14 posted on 09/02/2005 11:27:08 AM PDT by elc
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To: wideawake

Lots of professional people have lost everything. Some are managers, some may even have owned their own businesses. This tragedy cuts across all classes.


15 posted on 09/02/2005 11:28:11 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: EveningStar
I have room for college age females.

need to check with the wife first though.
16 posted on 09/02/2005 11:29:28 AM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: dfwgator
I understand that.

The fact remains that anyone who invites a complete stranger into their home in this day and age, questions unasked, is putting their family in danger.

I would guess that at least 10% of the evacuees have been through the criminal justice system at some point and I would like to know whether I have a violent offender on my hands before I billet him.

17 posted on 09/02/2005 11:30:40 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander in Chief)
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To: jaydubya2

lol


18 posted on 09/02/2005 11:31:50 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: wideawake

I'm willing to take somebody in. But it's going to be a "trust, but verify" thing.


19 posted on 09/02/2005 11:32:00 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: G.Mason

Dennis has already said that he will take in some people for a month. He is sincere.


20 posted on 09/02/2005 11:33:22 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: jaydubya2

Sounds like something my husband would offer up, too.


21 posted on 09/02/2005 11:33:28 AM PDT by conservative cat
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To: ErnBatavia
Prager should have suggested utilizing closed military bases..they've got secure perimeters, barracks, messhalls, infirmaries.

Much, much better idea than private homes. Comfortable enough to be relief from the storm, yet not so comfortable as to become permanent (though some will try to make it so). A centralized place to deal with medical, psychological, and other storm related problems. Yeah, some would call them "Internment Camps", but if a cot of my own was home when I was in Uncle Sams Army, a cot of their own is better than the Astro-Turf of the Astrodome.

22 posted on 09/02/2005 11:36:14 AM PDT by elbucko
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To: dfwgator
I'm willing to put up four people for three months if NJ isn't too far away.

However, I can't take just any four people for the reasons I described.

23 posted on 09/02/2005 11:37:29 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander in Chief)
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To: wideawake

How easy would it be to do background checks. I know that may sound callous, but sadly, that's what you have to do. Would I just need to get a SSN from the person? Or are their agencies that can do that work up front? I'm just trying to do some research.


24 posted on 09/02/2005 11:40:16 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: EveningStar
Dennis Prager has just suggested that folks open up their homes to Katrina victims. Invite them to stay there for a month.

I said the same thing before the hurricane to some of my wealth friends. They told my I was crazy and they pay taxes to the cover those problems.

I said the President and VP should set the example and invite a family into each of the peoples house for a while and the just didn't get it.

Dennis Prager is right!

If you have the room I endorse the idea and Jesse Jackson, Rev. Sharpton and the Black Caucus should open their homes, I'm sure their big enough.

25 posted on 09/02/2005 11:40:39 AM PDT by Major_Risktaker
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To: wideawake
“ ...are you opening your home to a young mother and her two kids, or are you opening your home to an adult male drug addict who committed rape before he left the Superdome?

They'd slit all your throats and assume your identities... the libs call it 'self-determination'.

26 posted on 09/02/2005 11:42:13 AM PDT by johnny7 (“And now, little man, I give the watch to you.”)
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To: wideawake

You're a good person. :)


27 posted on 09/02/2005 11:42:18 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Dennis is nuts... Have you seen the people from New Orleans. I think Prager should lead the way on this....


28 posted on 09/02/2005 11:43:13 AM PDT by faithincowboys
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To: EveningStar
I hear John Kerry and Teddy Kennedy have several very large vacation homes
Maybe they will make them available
29 posted on 09/02/2005 11:47:24 AM PDT by uncbob
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To: EveningStar

Don't mean to be a spoil sport, but here in NY, once an individual is given access to your home, it takes a stick of judicial dynamite to get them out when asked to leave. And there are tons of lawyers who would be panting to take the case, pro bono.


30 posted on 09/02/2005 11:48:12 AM PDT by CaptainK
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To: ErnBatavia
And the residents could get some sort of Workfare maintaining the places.

You think that many will like that idea
That's slavery
31 posted on 09/02/2005 11:48:55 AM PDT by uncbob
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To: dfwgator
BE CAREFUL

Inviting a stranger into your home puts you at risk for petty theft, violent crime and everything in between, experts say. Among the precautions they recommend for anyone considering doing so:

Formulate a series of questions to ask people, preferably ones that speak to their character. Where did they come from? Were they working? If so, where? Did they attend a church? Can anyone vouch for them?

Lay out your expectations. How long are you willing to house someone? Are any places in the home off-limits? Will they have access to all food? Will they be allowed to drink alcohol? Can they come and go as they please? Consider putting everything in writing, then signing it.

Make sure you are in a position to help before you offer anything. If your heart is bigger than your resources, it can frustrate those you try to help.

Know that not taking someone into your home doesn't eliminate your ability to help.

SOURCES: Jon Edmonds, former president and CEO of the Foundation for Community Empowerment; Omar Jahwar, executive director of the nonprofit youth group Vision Regeneration

32 posted on 09/02/2005 11:50:36 AM PDT by sinkspur (It is time for those of us who have much to share with those who have nothing.)
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To: wideawake

One problem is the young mother's boyfriend, brothers and cousins. If I lived close, I think we still would take in someone.


33 posted on 09/02/2005 11:51:56 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: sinkspur

Roger that. And one requirement that I will make is just as I help them, while they stay with us, they help others who are not as fortunate. If everyone took this approach, we can whip this thing. Pay it Forward!


34 posted on 09/02/2005 11:52:25 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: sinkspur

There is lots of room in N. California near Manzanar.


35 posted on 09/02/2005 11:53:16 AM PDT by szweig
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To: CaptainK
Don't mean to be a spoil sport, but here in NY, once an individual is given access to your home, it takes a stick of judicial dynamite to get them out when asked to leave.

Ooh, I forgot about that, too.

A lot of nasty problems that's caused many good-hearted people.

36 posted on 09/02/2005 11:53:25 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander in Chief)
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To: faithincowboys

Dennis is leading the way. He is opening up his own home.

I'm sure that most of the NO victims are decent people.


37 posted on 09/02/2005 11:54:10 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

You first, Dennis.


38 posted on 09/02/2005 11:54:16 AM PDT by verity (Don't let your children grow up to be mainstream media maggots.)
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To: wideawake

Thanks for the info. Damn lawyers. I suppose now I have to draw up some kind of contract and all that mumbo jumbo.


39 posted on 09/02/2005 11:55:39 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: EveningStar
I'd rather donate to Samaritan's Purse or a similar organization plus I don't have much room. However, I would be willing to take in a low maintenance small pet like a hermit crab.
40 posted on 09/02/2005 11:55:45 AM PDT by Kokojmudd (Outsource Federal Judiciary and US Senate to India, NOW!)
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To: EveningStar

Ok, for whom? Harry Connick Jr and his supermodel wife?


41 posted on 09/02/2005 11:55:51 AM PDT by faithincowboys
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To: ErnBatavia
the residents could get some sort of Workfare maintaining the places

The response to that would be similar to the one I heard quite frequently when I worked in construction: "Who do I look like to you? Kunta Kinte?"

42 posted on 09/02/2005 11:56:02 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander in Chief)
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To: sinkspur

Thanks, sink. Good advice. Dennis himself has recommended that people who take others in set an absolute limit of one month.


43 posted on 09/02/2005 11:56:27 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: verity

He has said that he is doing just that.


44 posted on 09/02/2005 11:57:26 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: dfwgator
Well TX is different from NY. You should ask.

And in NY, no contract of any kind matters much anyway - one of the reasons why rent is so high in non-rent-controlled properties in NYC is because it is quite easy to go two years without paying rent before you are evicted.

As long as the tenant does not care about their credit rating they can force a landlord to house them for two years or more if the landlord is foolish enough to sign a lease with them.

45 posted on 09/02/2005 12:00:46 PM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander in Chief)
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To: uncbob

No, it's called personal responsibility.


46 posted on 09/02/2005 12:01:42 PM PDT by little jeremiah (A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, are incompatible with freedom. P. Henry)
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To: AbeKrieger

You must therefore mean that every evacuee is a rapist, murderer and / or thief. Surely you do not mean that?

If you could find a way to discern who the criminals are and who the regular folks are, would you still change sides on the street and leave the people to languish?

The only way to discern is to investigate.

Do you care enough to investigate?


47 posted on 09/02/2005 12:03:37 PM PDT by GretchenM (Hooked on porn and hating it? Visit http://www.theophostic.com .)
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To: Major_Risktaker

No way! I value my life and property too damn much! I don't even want the lowlifes of NO in my complex. Military bases and tent cities will do then just fine until jobs can be found for them.


48 posted on 09/02/2005 12:04:04 PM PDT by proudofthesouth (Boycotting movies since 1988)
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To: wideawake
I bet the number is a lot higher than that for black adult males.
49 posted on 09/02/2005 12:05:29 PM PDT by Hendrix
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To: CaptainK

I was thinking the same thing.


50 posted on 09/02/2005 12:06:16 PM PDT by dervish (tagline for rent, inquire within)
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